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Articles by Laurie Sullivan
posted in February 2005
SAP hopes to gain ground in the retail sector by buying Retek, a vendor known for its demand forecasting, merchandise planning, inventory management, and other retail-specific applications.
Cost pressures and other factors are forcing the apparel industry to modernize its technology
Retailer plans to expand item-level testing to additional clothing departments
The retailer next year plans to add more items and stores to its radio-frequency identification test program.
Among other things, Axapta 4.0 will accept RFID data that could help companies determine where RFID tags need to be affixed to products.
Microsoft Business Solutions says it won't deliver the next version of Axapta until spring 2006 so it can add more features than originally planned. But that means Microsoft could lose ground in the RFID and enterprise-software markets.
Revenue was up for the vendor, which makes E-procurement and other enterprise software. But its leasing and software sales were down.
Tower Records has implemented RealiTea 4.5, which gives Web developers the ability to view how customers navigate Web sites, as if they were looking through a customer's Web browser.
Consumers surveyed see privacy-protection laws as way to make them feel more comfortable with buying RFID-enabled merchandise.
Intermec is giving companies developing products based on next-generation RFID standards free access to 13 of its patents.
The European Union already has established privacy policies intended to protect citizens' personal data. Now it's looking more closely at radio-frequency identification.
Petro's Latimer calculates that about 10 minutes of supplier ads per hour will help recoup the company's investment in short order. 'Even a 2% to 3% increase to annual sales would be huge.'
The facility provides businesses with a controlled environment that simulates an actual distribution center or warehouse.